The front of Mount Belvedere

While the Allies failed to make a breach in the Gothic Line, at the end of September 1944 the Germans were stationed on the ridges that ran from Mount Belvedere, in the north-east to the left of the Reno River, controlling the area around the ss Porrettana 64 highway, the main road towards Bologna and northern Italy. The front remained stationary for six long months during which the Apennines between the Reno and Panaro were ravaged by war with tragic suffering for the civilian population.